India Warm-up game: Opening and spin combinations in focus before Tests
Clearness on opening mix, a get in touch with whether Ravichandran Ashwin’s variations can exceed Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round skill-sets will be the focus for India in their three-day warm-up game versus New Zealand XI beginning here on Friday.
After the severe reality check of 0-3 drubbing in the just-concluded ODI series, a red-ball warm-up game will be the most welcome diversion for Virat Kohli and his men as a precursor to the 2-match Test series beginning next week.
India might not have actually requested for a much better practice game as the opposition team is full of New Zealand senior and A team players, consisting of leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert, in its ranks.
The addition of first team white ball pacers Scott Kuggeliejn and Blair Tickner will be the sort of test which both Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill will delight in as they make a case for their addition in the playing XI for the first Test beginning in Wellington on February 21.
Shubman will be itching to show his skipper that he is all set for the big debut which is excitedly expected amongst his growing legion of fans, regardless of his international profession being 2-match old.
A flat track like the one at Seddon Park will likewise be a test for the 2 frontline spinners with Ashwin and Jadeja getting an opportunity to test the similarity Daryl Mitchell, Tom Bruce and Seifert in action.
An excellent show on a flat deck can enhance Ashwin’s possibilities of falling Jadeja despite the fact that the proposal looks dim at the minute.
For the New Zealand XI, there is Dane Cleaver, who has actually had scores of 196 and 53 in the 2 A ‘Tests’ versusIndia He would like to impress the selectors and enter into the first team for the Test series.
India’s red-ball overseas warm-up games in the past couple of years have actually mainly been two-day affairs with the home team batting on one day and visitors on a few days ago.
Without first- class status, the matches have actually had to do with providing everybody in the team an opportunity to have a good hit in between 50 to 100 balls and bowlers entering the groove with a spell or 2.
The hosting Boards likewise frequently set up a rag-tag attire which is a tactical relocate to reject going to teams an opportunity to have a look at versus quality batting or bowling line-up.
Nevertheless, this warm-up game assures to be various as India are wanting to get their mix right for the Test series which is likewise a part of World Test Championship.
The Teams (From):
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, Shubman Gill.
NZ XI: Daryl Mitchell (captain), Finn Allen, Tom Bruce, Dane Cleaver, Henry Cooper, Scott Kuggeleijn, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young. 13 th men: Jake Gibson (Friday) and Scott Johnston (Saturday and Sunday).
Match Begins 03: 30 am IST.